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DCU Scholarship for High School Seniors

DCU (Digital Federal Credit Union) recognizes the lifetime value of a college education. The DCU Memorial Scholarship Program was designed to assist outstanding students with the cost of this education. We want to recognize your hard work and promote your goals, too. Beginning on December 1, 2017, students in their senior year of high school who will be attending a state or nationally accredited college or university in the Fall of 2018 are able to apply for the 2018 DCU Memorial Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit, teachers’ references, an original essay, awards and recognition, and extracurricular and community service activities. An impartial panel of college educators will judge the participants’ entries. In 2018, DCU will award $137,500 in Scholarships and all funds were distributed through the DCU for Kids Foundation.

Please review the official rules below as well as the FAQ’s at before applying.

2017-2018 Entry Information:

  • All entries must be submitted electronically through the online scholarship portal
  • Applications and all supporting materials are due on or before Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3pm (EST). All materials must be uploaded and submitted by the deadline date and time. Any materials received after the deadline date will not be considered for review

2017-2018 Schedule of Events:

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 – Applications available.
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3pm (EST) – Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted through the online scholarship portal.
  • Early May 2018 – Scholarships will be awarded. Those selected will be contacted by phone and/or email. Names of those selected will be posted on this page and at

2017-2018 Official Rules:

  1. Judging Criteria – The winning students will be the ones judged most likely to excel in college as determined by an impartial panel of college educators. They base their judgments on the following factors: a transcript of your high school grades for senior year (to date) and junior year (full year), academic merit, two written letters of reference from any junior or senior class teachers and/or guidance counselors, an essay judged on the quality of writing and the reasoning used, awards and recognition, extracurricular and community service activities.
  2. Entry Qualifications – To enter, the student must be a graduating high school senior and be planning to attend a state-accredited or nationally-accredited two or four-year college or university. DCU employees, volunteers, and their immediate family members are ineligible.
  3. The Essay – The essay should answer "Why I should receive a DCU Scholarship" and be no more than 300 words in length. The essay will appear as a question within the application. Please remember that a DCU membership has no bearing on whether or not you receive a scholarship. Scholarships are based on the judging criteria outlined in section one of the official rules.
  4. Schedule – Applications and all supporting materials (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be received through the scholarship portal by 3pm (EST) on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Applications and materials received after the deadline date and time will not be reviewed. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email in early May.
  5. Publicity – By entering winners agree to have their names published in DCU newsletters, signs, website, affiliated websites, and news releases announcing the results at DCU's discretion.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 winners!

2017 $2,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:

  • Alexa Nicole Ahrens – Racine, WI
  • Sai Allu – Sharon, MA
  • Mohamed Aly – Tulsa, OK
  • Pierce Christian Burgin – Sewell, NJ
  • Sheryl Chen – Brooklyn, NY
  • Nusaybah Michael Estes – Louisville, KY
  • Kaylin Gaudette – Schellsburg, PA
  • Tatyana Hughes – Silver Spring, MD
  • Lalitha Madduri, – Ellicott City, MD
  • Isabelle Ramey – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nidha Sha – Allen, TX
  • Olivia Zietz – Murfreesboro, NJ

2017 $2,000 DCU Scholarship Winners:

  • Klara Beel – Marble Hill, MO
  • Benjamin Burstein – Miami Beach, FL
  • Rafael Castro – Lutz, FL
  • Vaishnavi Dhulkhed– Piscataway, NJ
  • Mallika Jain – San Jose, CA
  • Joshua Kaplan – Phoenix, AZ
  • Bryce Kreiser– Folsom, CA
  • Justin Ivan Lepiten – Cumming, GA
  • Delanie Ludmir – Aventura, FL
  • Marlies Michielssen – Ann Arbor,MI
  • Sejal Mohankumar Kargal – Tracy, CA
  • Faris Qubain – Miami, FL
  • Prem Sakala – Portland, OR
  • Varun Srikanth – Hilliard, OH
  • Rebekah Torgesen – Great Mills, MD
  • Renita Wilson – Olathe, KS
  • Eric Xia – Madison, CT

2017 $1,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:

  • Kristen Taylor Paige Blake – Bowie, MD
  • Alex Bradfield – Louisville, CO
  • Caitlyn Anne Coffey – Penfield, NY
  • SaVanna Lynne DeLongchamp – Beaumont, CA
  • Benjamin Robert Desrochers – Hudson, NH
  • Peyton Elmore – Moore, SC
  • Sabahat Fatima – Catonsville, MD
  • Taylor Goodman-Leong – Westford, MA
  • Elizabeth Dianne Korte – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Frances Licia M. Ladaga – Landover, MD
  • Paulina Martin – Mansfield, MA
  • Mikayla Moore – Lewisville, TX
  • Zachary Naim West – Jackson, TN
  • Braden Raun Trejo – Austin, TX
  • Audrey Rivers – East Syracuse, NY
  • Amanda Shafer – Elmhurst, IL
  • Mazzen S. Shalaby – Fredericksburg, VA
  • Adley Spayd – Ferdinand,IN
  • Adriana Torrez – Albuquerque, NM
  • Siang Tseng – Ellicott City, MD
  • Trinity Turlington – Oviedo, FL
  • Autumn Turner – Charleston, SC
  • BreeAnna Bailey – Ossian, IN
  • Jason Whang – Helotes, TX
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